News from issue 157 Dec/Jan 2017 – Local

New Fish Found in New Zealand Waters

News 157_new fishLR A new fish has been discovered after being pulled out of a landing net by Jakson Stancich at South East Bay, New Zealand. It’s been identified by Andrew Stewart at Te Papa as a barred leatherjacket, Cantherhines dumerilii and is an unusual visitor to New Zealand shores. Its usual territory is Tropical – though it has been photographed once before in 2012 in the Kermadecs. Stewart believes this particular specimen probably came across from East Australia, Norfolk Island or Lord Howe Island, as that’s the direction of the currents.

Sir David Attenborough takes stage show to New Zealand

Sir David Attenborough will visit New Zealand to discuss his career and the natural world in a live stage show. It will be the first time the legendary British naturalist and documentary maker has appeared live before New Zealand audiences. Attenborough will appear at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on February 2 2017 as he tours New Zealand and Australia with his show ‘A Quest For Life’.

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Shark Nets: Trial Legislation in NSW

On 24 October, NSW DPI announced: ‘Shark Net Trial Legislation to be introduced’.

The nets in Sydney were put in on a temporary trial basis in 1936 and are still there eighty years later! There is no proof that nets work, but there is proof that the nets kill many non-target species like dolphins (resident in the area), rays, turtles, sharks and birds.

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